Climate Strategy – Are We Ignoring Rural America?

2020-01-15T18:56:13+00:00January 14th, 2020|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Climate Strategy, Reasons for Acting|

I have a friend who grew up in rural Minnesota. His favorite expression is, “You can’t put a duck bill on a beaver and call it a platypus.” This aphorism pretty much sums up urban thinking about rural America. We try to make it something it isn’t, and then [...]

Climate Communications and the Apocalypse – Should We Blow Them Up?

2020-01-08T21:56:40+00:00January 4th, 2020|Climate Communications|

I have a friend that says that in order to change the presidency in America, we need to have a stock market crash. I know others, who claim to be environmentalists, that are secretly glad that Australia and California are burning to ash and hope for more disaster. Or [...]

What Is the Single Question I Get Asked Most About the Climate?

2019-12-17T03:15:44+00:00December 14th, 2019|Actions You Can Take, Climate Communications, Reasons for Acting|

It usually happens after every talk I’ve given around the country. The talk is over and a few people are gathered up front to make 1:1 comments or ask a question. A person waits politely for other conversations to finish. Their question usually begins with a qualification such as, [...]

“Americans like Green New Deal’s goals, but they reject paying trillions to reach them.”

2019-12-04T16:12:31+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging, Green New Deal|

Really? This is a recent headline from a joint Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Both are reputable organizations. Yet part of the conclusion is misleading and based on a biased question from fossil fuel talking points. The takeaway from this headline seems to be that climate action [...]

What If Climate Could Unify America and the World?

2019-10-21T13:20:33+00:00October 21st, 2019|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Environmental Messaging, Reasons for Acting|

Thank you for the work you do on climate. You are part of the solution to the biggest challenge ever faced by humankind. Future generations will look back and ask, how did you have the courage to put aside your differences and work together in the face of incredible [...]

Why We Blame Children for Marching on the Climate Crisis

2019-10-11T17:50:54+00:00October 11th, 2019|Climate Communications, Climate politics, Environmental Messaging|

She’s young enough to add ½ to her age; 5 and ½. She’s tired. It’s been a long day. Her name is Sol, the youngest of my grandkids. She has trouble with her “L’s” and tells me that she’s going to trade in their old family Nissan for a [...]

Getting Ready for the Next Climate Frame

2019-09-10T22:08:59+00:00September 10th, 2019|Climate Change Denial and Misinformation, Climate Communications|

What if the climate movement could anticipate the next move by the fossil fuel industry and their climate denying deceivers? What if we could get ahead of it, and perhaps create a move of our own? For the past three years the climate movement has been particularly focused on [...]

Nobody Cares About Your Climate Problem. Here’s Why.

2019-07-08T15:45:54+00:00July 6th, 2019|Climate Communications, Environmental Messaging|

The problem with climate breakdown isn’t that the earth has developed a fever to throw off the virus of manmade carbon pollution and us humans as well. It is that we’re not breaking down the climate fast enough. Wait, we are breaking down the climate. Aren’t we all going [...]